Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

For as long as I can remember, my weight has been something I have had an unhealthy relationship with. Growing up, I was always on some kind of diet. I have even tried all those “fad” diets without much success.

When I moved to the United States in 2006, my weight started to balloon. I had never lived on my own, so I was depressed and homesick all the time and I turned to food for comfort. Now the first few months, I was jobless and broke so you can imagine the kind of foods I was eating (butter noodles, ramen packets, sugary cereals, etc.). And of course, the infamous America portion sizes did not help.

After having Gavin in 2012, my weight REALLY got out of control.

I was so tired all the time, and so stressed all the time, that comfort eating took control of my life. I remember eating french toast 2-3 times a day!

22f6883a-7426-4301-93a7-451be2e969f6 fullsizerender-3

Now don’t let these photos deceive you. Behind that smile was a miserable person who was constantly in search of happiness and just never seemed to find it. I was a nervous wreck that would over think every single situation. I felt like people were judging me all time time, even when they weren’t.

With such an unhealthy body, came an unhealthy mind.


In December of 2014, something inside me snapped. I was tired of being unhealthy. I was tired of being unhappy. I could not even chase my then 2 year old around the house without losing my breath and getting dizzy.

I looked around for a diet that I felt like I could stick to and that is when I stumbled upon Weight Watchers. It was the perfect fit for me because it did not feel like a diet. It was a lifestyle.

It taught me that I can eat more, IF I ate the good foods. However, it also let me eat pizza, and burgers, and pasta. Any diet that has its own pizza point calculator is the one for me!

The first few pounds shed almost instantly. The first month, I lost 11 pounds.. 6 months later, I was down almost 40 pounds JUST by being on Weight Watchers.


After losing the initial 40 pounds, I decided it was time to join a gym. I was feeling better mentally and physically, but something was missing. I started with simple cardio.. walking on a treadmill, the elliptical machine, and light weights.

Wow! What a difference that made to my state of mind. I was more confident, I was more happy, and I was full of energy!

Fast forward to today, I have lost 60 pounds. I enjoy Zumba and I love lifting heavy weights. I love pushing my body to see how much I can achieve and I surprise myself every time because I end up being able to do it.


I am not done yet, I have more to achieve… but I am so proud of myself for how far I have come along.

This journey has made me a better person, a happier person, a stronger person, but most importantly, it has made me a better mom.


Boymom · fashion · fitmom · fitness · Life · Lifestyle · makeup · Mom · soccer mom · Uncategorized

A Little More About Me

Hello there!

Before I start blogging about all of my favorite makeup and lifestyle topics, I figured I would tell you a bit more about myself.

I’m Nerina, a 30-something semi-recent single mom who works full time as a Middle School English Teacher as well. I love my co-workers, my job, and most of all, my students. Every single day is filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Being a teacher has taught me so much about passion, and kindness, and empathy. It has taught me the ability to push someone to reach their highest potential. It has taught me that some days, its not about the learning, but about the love and compassion that these kids sometimes go without.

Teaching has made me a better person. My students have made me a better person. I am forever changed for having been blessed to be a teacher.


I am also a mom to a vibrant, amazing, creative, rambunctious little boy named Gavin (who is growing up wayyy too fast for my liking). He is the light of my life and the kindest person I know. He will always offer to share, he will always kiss my owwie’s away, and will lay his head on my shoulder and tell me he loves me about 30 times a day.

He is a ray of sunshine! Full of sass and humor, and is always telling jokes!

I am also blessed to have a good relationship with his dad that makes parenting easy and stress free.


dd5b8c9c-002f-4e44-a2f2-25f694167cdd    img_9512

I am also a baker. I love baking and decorating cookies. For a while there, I thought this would make an amazing career for me. I love it and luckily, I am really good at it.

After the divorce, juggling a full time job and being a single mom really took its toll on me and I have not been able to take orders since.

Nonetheless, here are some pictures of some of the cookies I made.

baby    fullsizerender

fullsizerender-1    summer

I also love all things make-up, fitness, lifestyle, fashion, and home decorating. I seriously cannot wait to share with you all of my favorite things!

Until Next Time,


Boymom · Health · Indian · Journey · Life · Lifestyle · Mom

Change is Coming


What is it about a fresh and brand New Year that inspires change and the desire to start blogging again?

Well this time, I not only plan to keep up the blogging, I also plan to take this journey in a whole new direction.

2016 changed me. Gone is the weak person who cries at the drop of a hat. Gone is the person who thinks she cannot do something that is remotely challenging. Gone is the mom who blames herself or feels guilt when things are not perfect.

I am stronger, and wiser, and more resilient than ever!

So… Before we move on to what will be an amazing 2017, let’s do a quick recap of 2016:

In March, my mom got uterine cancer. As you can imagine, it was a nightmare and an emotional rollercoaster realizing BOTH your parents have this horrible disease. Luckily it was caught very early on and surgery got rid of it completely.

My divorce was finalized in June. Let me tell you, this was the most liberating, scary, strengthening experience of my life. The struggles and the insane joys of single mom life will be one of the focuses of this new and improved blog!


In July, I traveled to London! Wow! What a beautiful city! I fell in love instantly and I am actually hoping to one day be able to move there.

In September, my dad went into remission! Having both parents go through the cancer battle is an inexplicable experience. Thankfully they are both okay and doing well.

Lets talk about Gavin.. the sunshine in my life.. that boy is AMAZING! He is getting smarter and funnier every single day. He has such a great little personality and really brings me so much joy! I look forward to sharing more about him here.


This leads us to 2017!!! A brand new year, a chance to start fresh, and an opportunity to take this blog in a direction that shows who I truly am and to celebrate the people and things I enjoy the most.

So stick around and stay tuned!

Also, I added my blog to Bloglovin’! Come and follow me there!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Hope everyone had an amazing 2016 and an even better 2017!

Boymom · Disney · Journey · Life · Mom · soccer mom

Starting Fresh in 2016!

Well hello there! It has certainly been a while!

2015 has certainly been a rollercoaster of a year for me. Full of highs that have given me some of the best moments of my life, and lows that have given me so much strength and faith that everything in life WILL and DOES work out.

Let’s recap some of the highlights (and perhaps some trials) of my 2015 shall we?

In 2015…

Gavin tried soccer. HATED it.. He looked so cute in his little uniform though!


We took a super fun family trip to California and Disneyland!


I lost 40 pounds thanks to Weight Watchers.


We visited the Texas State Aquarium.

I moved school districts in order to be closer to home and I am enjoying being at a place that is so challenging and rewarding. (Although I REALLY miss the ladies I used to work with.)

This year… my marriage was put to the test.

My dad was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer. The one word that can change the entire way you see and live your life.

Needless to say, life is unrecognizable.. BUT I refuse to let that get me down. I saw this quote online and it really resonated with me.


So here is to a 2016 that is going to be my best yet! One full of love, laughter, hope, and new beginnings!



Indian · Life · Mom · Traditions

Keeping Traditions Alive

About 9 years ago, I left the Philippines to come live in Texas. Being of Indian descent, this is not something that is normally done. Indian girls are supposed to get married, have children, and live happily ever after. But after a traumatic failed marriage, I knew I had to change things. I knew I had to make a life for myself and not rely on marriage alone to make me a complete person.

Fast forward 9 years later, and I feel like I have done well for myself. I am a certified teacher, small business owner, wife, mom, and now, newbie blogger. And while I love my life, I miss some things about home. I miss the people, the food, and most of all, I miss the traditions. Growing up, my sister and I were always immersed in activities that taught us more about our Indian culture and I started to feel like my son was missing out on that. I didn’t want him to grow up not knowing part of his heritage.

Lucky for me, my parents and sister decided to make the move over here. If there was anyone who could help me show Gavin some of our culture, it was his Nani (Indian for grandma).

Yesterday, we celebrated “Diwali”, which is also known as the Festival of Lights. Here is a quick definition: “a Hindu festival of lights, held in the period October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India.”

I was so glad Gavin got the chance to learn a little something about his culture and it  just makes me even more determined to immerse him in more activities that he can learn from.

Here he is with his Nani, doing his part in the pooja (prayer).


Life · Mom

And so it begins…

Welcome to my wild and crazy mind blog!

I was browsing Pinterest not too long ago when I came across the quote “Don’t just exist, live!” It really put a lot of things in perspective for me. I realized that I was just coasting through life, not really living it!

I decided I was going to start exploring the fun side of life. Take more adventures. Start living. So this will be a place for me to chronicle the “beautiful pages of my life.”

I’m Nerina by the way, a 33 year old teacher, baker, wife, and mom of an amazing 2 year old boy named Gavin. He is the absolute joy of my life and I love being his mom. He is full of life, full of sass, and full of wild crazy ideas!

So c’mon! Join me! Let’s start having fun and living life to the fullest!